23 January 2018

Earlier this afternoon, members of the press took to the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark in order to watch the first dress rehearsal of the second semi-final of the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Malta, represented by Firelight and the song Coming Home written by Richard Edwards Micallef were first up on the stage and gave a sublime performance.

Later on this evening, Firelight will have to be on top of their game once more in order to entertain the professional juries across Europe, as unveiled by the European Broadcasting Union during the first week of rehearsals. In the meantime, it is worth noting that Richard Edwards, Michelle Mifsud, Wayne Micallef, Daniel Micallef, Anthony Polidano and Leslie DeCesare, who make up the band Firelight, have been quite busy in recent days, performing in several parties including that of Israel whose Mei Finegold will perform the song Same Heart just after Malta's participation. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Firelight made up of; Richard Edwards Micallef, Michelle Mifsud, Daniel Micallef, Wayne Micallef, Leslie Decesare and Tony Polidano were first to take to the stage this afternoon as a full run through of the second semi-final took place at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Coming Home is being touted as the dark horse by all the media present for this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and that fills the escflashmalta.com editorial team with courage as the semi-final looms closer and close with each passing day.

According to our team in Copenhagen, the vocals were strong, the camera work was flawless and the feel good factor was there more than ever. Remember that Malta will be opening the second semi-final on Thursday 8th May, followed by no less than fourteen countries, including fan-favourite Norway. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates as soon as they become available. A quick reminder that LIVE blogging will be taking place through the social media channels of this portal throughout both the semi-finals and the final set for the 6th, 8th and 10th May 2014.

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A panel of professional judges, along with the general public selected Firelight and the track Coming Home, written by Richard Edwards Micallef, to represent Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. In anticipation, the Public Broadcasting Services is working closely to the team to ensure that everything is improved upon prior to the big stage, with a dramatic new version, one which has been received well abroad, as well as a brand new line-up made up of; Richard Edwards, Michelle Mifsud, Tony Polidano, Matthew Ellul, Daniel Micallef and Wayne Micallef.

This means, that for the second (2nd) consecutive year, Malta will be making use of the novelty of having family members on stage, although instead of two (2), this time round, it boasts an incredible four (4). Apart from a small promotional tour which will see Firelight travel to preview parties in The Netherlands and the United Kingdom in the coming weeks, the group has been busy recording a music video, one which will be released in a couple of days. Nevertheless, Duane & Angie Laus have prepared a prelude to that by producing a lyric video, something which the Public Broadcasting Services coin as a 'novel way to promote music on the internet'. Watch the lyric video below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

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Richard Edwards, first runner-up at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 with the track Finally which he co-wrote with Jan Van Dijck is the latest vocalist to confirm his intentions to return to the pre-selection process. It does not really come as a surprise denoting that the male artist has been ever so present in the competition since his success, being a finalist in 2012 and 2013 with the tracks Look At Me Now co-written with Jan Van Dijck, Fall Like Rome composed by Philip Vella and Magnus Kaxe to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg and a duet with Petra entitled Wonderful Today a co-write with Wayne Micallef.

Richard Micallef took to his personal account through Social Networking website, Facebook stating 'Just finished two new songs that I will submit for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Something different from what I normally write ... I feel like I need to change it up a bit...' This is actually good news, and somewhat bodes well especially following the disappointing announcements made by Nadine Axisa and Klinsmann who will not be submitting any entries for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Submissions will be received by the Public Broadcasting Services at the Creativity Hub between the 30th and the 31st October 2013. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

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The package has always been coined as to being the element which the public and the jury must select to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest and one cannot deny that this element has not been analysed thouroughly by nations who have achieved success in the past. It has long been said that some nations who have not achieved positive results in recent years, are trying to turn back the time and check what they had done but nevertheless, times are changing and past formulas might not be the way to go and that is something that the Public Broadcasting Services has taken up in recent years, denoting a change of strategy with sheer professionalism becoming the element behind the actual selection process. Each of the competing acts in this years’ Malta Eurovision Song Contest have achieved promotion through both television and radio, whether individualistic or as a group altogether. Our portal in the meantime, has been looking at all of the tracks through a series of professional critiques by people who barely require an introduction within the international music market.  The one with the highest score will be given an award on the popular show Sas-Sitta which airs on NET Television. The final review of the series will be focusing on Wonderful Today, composed by Wayne Micallef to the lyrics of Richard Micallef with the vocalists being Richard and Petra

Introducing this duet, many people will realise that both Richard and Petra are already competing in the competition as soloists and therefore, having an additional track might not help with the overall giving of votes, both with regards to the jury and the tele-voting but the genre does differ in the tracks and this is due to the fact that they bring completely different vocals to the table which when come together form a vocal harmony which is beautiful.  Richard Edwards has become one of the most popular performers in the country having managed to finish third in tele-voting for two consecutive years with Finally and Look At Me Now which were both co-written with Jan Van Dijck, ultimately placing in second and sixth place respectively whilst Petra has been away for the competition in the past year having been a finalist in 2008 with Street Car of Desire composed by Elton Zarb to the lyrics of Rita Pace, in 2010 with the track All I Need composed by Andrew Zammit with lyrics by Keith Zammit and of course in 2011 when she had managed to get through with the song Unintentional, where she had gone back to her songwriting roots working with Elton Zarb and Rita Pace once more. The genres are absolutely different as already noted above but nevertheless, both have built strong reputations in the business. Since coming together as a romantic item in the past couple of months, several people have been wanting a duet and thus came the idea of this entry, Wonderful Today

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The focus here is definitely on the entry that they are presenting as a duet rather than their solo performances which have already been analysed thouroughly by our professional panel of critics earlier on in the series. Wonderful Today could be best described as a pop/rock track with that little bit of a country twang which definitely suits both vocals equally. What is rather impressive about this entry is that there is a merge of vocals rather than someone trying to sound better and that is why, it is a vocal union.  The presentation is going to be crucial and many have come forward telling the editorial board that Richard has to calm down when it comes to the entrance because in the preview video, it looked as if he was set to start shouting at Petra and thus, it would not look good on screen. Nevertheless, I have no doubts that the professionalism of these artists like most of the other performers in the local music scene will see to it that certain issues will be ironed out. The songwriters of this entry are of course, the Micallef brothers who have written a number of tracks for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past including Take Me Back Again in 2003 and It's Up to You in 2005. They will also be competing with two this year. It is quite unfortunate that Wayne could not participate as a solo artist this time round due to personal issues but nevertheless, his contributions are somewhat well noted.  

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 62%

Sharon Vaughn: A Monster chorus. The verses don't match up to the choruses but the singers are amazing and sell this song.

Martin Isherwood: Nice idea for the chorus. Lyrics work ok despite the title. Voices are good. Competent but hardly distinctive in any way.

Stano Simor: Petra and Richard are extremely good singers. But the song did not touch me at all. It belongs to the average song of this competition and I think it will have a hard to enforce. We'll see, fingers crossed.

Roberto Meloni: Good singers! the song sounds a bit “old fashioned” but I like the combination of the voices and their complicity on the stage. 

Lina Eriksson: Maybe this song would have worked better as a solo-artist song? But then again I always have a hard time liking duets. As always I adore Richard but having Fall like Rome still playing in the back of my head….well this just isn’t as good.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

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The Public Broadcasting Services has invested in a stunning showcase to present to the audience of the notable Malta Eurovision Song Contest in the past three years noting the improvements made into the presentation as well as song quality, which has not only been noted locally but even in foreign waters from where entries have also been submitted consistently. The improvement in this manner has also been seen through the results at the Eurovision Song Contest noting that Glen had almost qualified from the semi-final whilst Kurt Calleja managed the feat last year. escflashmalta.com is collaborating with the television programme 'Sas-Sitta' in order to present three awards to entries that are competing in this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest. A panel of critics have voted for their favourite entry, first as a standalone track and secondly within the confines of a competition with the latter garnering important yet the percentage is an indication of the former. The twelfth entry to be reviewed is entitled No One's Home performed by Petra, co-written between the Micallef brothers otherwise known as Richard and Wayne.

Introducing Petra is quite intriguing noting that she stands in-between the newcomers and the veterans by virtue of being in her prime and promoting her music in the best possible way. The first very first time that I had seen her perform was during the Malta Song for Europe back in 2008 when she had managed to make it through to the final eight songs that year with the track Streetcar of Desire composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Rita Pace. It was the beginning of a successful career which would see her make several guest appearances on the local scene and then ultimately returning for another two performances in the leading competition in the country, these being in 2010 with All I Need composed by Andrew Zammit and penned by Keith Zammit and in 2011 with a completely different type of entry entitled Unintentional composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Rita Pace, the same team from which she had gained acclaim. Nevertheless, her debut performance is still the one which the people seem to enjoy the most. In the meantime, she has achieved success in other competitions, finishing in the first runner-up position at the Għanja tal-Poplu with the track Rakkont Ta' Omm composed by Heathcliffe Balzan and penned by Deo Grech as well as the Summer Hit Song Contest with Forget My Name composed by Heathcliffe Balzan and penned by Natasha Turner respectively.

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Being honest, I believe that the return of Petra is quite a breathe of fresh air to the competition because she brings about songs which are intriguing and honest, reflecting the mood of the public at times whilst staying true to the sound itself. The entry which she brings forward to this years' competition bears the name No One's Home and it is pop/rock entry with that sort of country tinge, giving it the opportunity to develop within the three minutes whilst reaching more than one demographic of an audience. Songwriting credits are always important and this track brings about the Micallef brothers, Wayne who himself is a former finalist within the Malta Eurovision Song Contest having made the cut in 2009 with Where You Belong, in 2010 with Save A Life, in 2011 with Everybody Sing and last year with Time and Richard who is incidentally competing like Petra with two entries, the solo track entitled Fall Like Rome and the duet with Petra bearing the title Wonderful Today. Whilst Wayne is taking the year off from performing, Richard brings about a runner-up finish in 2011 with him and this is the first track that they wrote together for another artist. It has to be pointed out though that Petra is dating her lyricist although, this has been at the centre of the local media for quite some time especially with the fame that Richard had garnered in the past couple of months.
 
The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 52%

Sharon Vaughn: Love her voice, my favourite singer. The song should have made use of the title.

Martin Isherwood: Can't see why it's called no-one home - as it is not the real focus of the song. Bluesy, rocky, competent but uninspiring. Doesn't feel like a Eurovision song. Hints of Aquilera Genie in a bottle. 

Stano Simor: Old fashioned. Very dull song. Searching for that something special but nothing comes up and it just leaves you cold. This kind of rock music does not work anymore.

Roberto Meloni: The style of this entry is far too old unfortunately and she sounds much better in the duet rather than this entry.

Lina Eriksson: At first I really like the retro feeling in the verse of this song. But then the chorus isn't at all what I expected and I feel they don’t really fit together. I’m left disappointed. Good verse – not such a good chorus.

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Friday, 09 November 2012 13:30

Exclusive: MESC 2013 Will Not Feature Wayne

The beginning of the year is set to be quite a marquee time due to the fact that the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be moving to a slightly earlier date due to other current affairs in the country and therefore, preparations are underway as the Public Broadcasting Services continues their search for the next representative and entry at the esteemed music event with a history which dates back to 1956. The submissions for the competition were received at the main broadcasting house on Tuesday and Wednesday and we have been in touch with a number of performers exclusively confirming their respective entry. Members of the editorial team at escflashmalta.com were also present keeping an eye on the individuals going in to try their luck. We are officially in a position to confirm that one of the artists who is giving it a miss from a lead vocalist point of view is none other than singer/songwriter Wayne Micallef.

Many people have somewhat become accustomed to the performances that Wayne Micallef has brought to the competition noting that he has managed to qualify to the finals every year since 2009 as a soloist with all of his tracks being very well appreciated by the international community. In fact, his placings have been relatively positive including a seventh place finish with Where You Belong in 2009, a sixth place result with Save a Life in 2010, an eighth place finish with Everybody Sing in 2011, and last but not least twelfth in 2012 with his track Time. One could easily note that he has managed three top ten finishes in a time where the staggering amount of performers coming into the competition fray was astonishing. Our source has also informed us that despite not entering as a performer, Wayne has submitted some tracks as a songwriter and therefore, he still manages to be around in some way or another. Unfortunately, it will not be the same feeling but nevertheless, his sound will definitely be evident if any of the tracks do manage to make it through. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2013 Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

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The Beland community has always been the one to organize different events that help promote local talent and attract locals to their events. It all started back in 2006 with the concert Alive and from then onward they never looked back. Last year they took the initiative of organizing a week full of concerts with different number of guests throughout the week. escflashmalta.com was on site for most of the days and the crowd just got bigger and bigger with each passing day; surely something the organizers hoped for from the start. This meant one thing – the event was a huge success and when you have a successful formula you stick to it hence why the Beland Music Festival is BACK. 

The festival will open on the 12th of May and will come to an end on the 20th of May and if last year’s event is anything to go by, this year’s festival will probably be better and even bigger. Slowly it is establishing itself as one of the event all the lovers of local music look forward to, in fact a number of people have been asking about the festival for quite some time. For the second straight year, the festival will take place in the Market Square in Zejtun and like last year it will take the form of an open air concert which will run for nine straight days. Each and every day has a special theme or a special act assigned to it which also includes a foreign tribute band of one of the biggest bands that ever existed.

Saturday - 12th May at 20:30

Winter Moods Live

Supporting Act: The Crowns

 

Sunday - 13th May at 10:00

Wheelspin Car Show

‘Belt l-ghannejja’ - Maltese folkloristic music (Ghana) will be performed by local folk singers and guitarists, with Kelinu Cutajar (Is-Superstar) 

 

Sunday - 13th May at 12:00

‘Belandfest’ - Marathon of entertainment with activity for all the family and many attractions including dance shows, animation teams and music performances. There will also be the mobile Blood Donation Unit to encourage people to donate blood and save lives. 

 

Sunday - 13th May at 20:30

‘Delicata Wine Night’ - Live concert by Cash & band, Planet Feed and Antz Walking.

 

Monday - 14th May at 20:30

‘Nostalgija’ - Special concert gathering most of the well-known local singers together to perform live their Maltese classics that have been entertaining the public over the last four decades. Amongst the artists taking part are Freddie Portelli, Bajzo, Georgina, Christian Arding, Bartolo Sisters (daughters of Sammy Bartolo), Tony Camilleri, Joe George and Mike Spiteri, all live with the Band of Mro. Paul Abela. 

 

Tuesday - 15th May at 20:30

‘Malta Pop Show’ - Pop concert with Malta's most famous Pop singers, including Claudia Faniello, Gianni, Richard Edwards, Fabrizio Faniello, Muxu, Christabelle, Urban Echoe, Keith Dance Studio and more. 

 

Wednesday - 16th May at 20:30

‘Think Floyd - The Definitive Pink Floyd Experience’; International Live tribute show of the legendary group Pink Floyd. 

 

Thursday - 17th May at 20:30

‘The Green Gathering’ - Exactly one month before the feast of Zejtun, all the Beland family and feast enthusiasts will meet at Market Square for this big gathering. 

 

Friday - 18th May at 20:30

Airport Impressions Live

Supporting act: Dry Connections

 

Saturday - 19th May at 20:30

‘Alive The Concert’ - A big concert with Malta's best voices, including Chiara and Glen Vella.

(UEFA Champions League final will be shown on Big Screen). 

 

Sunday - 20th May at 19:15

Zejtun Youth Mass

 

Sunday - 20th May at 20:30

‘Beland Spectacular’ - The grand closing of the week, with the Beland Band in the leading role in a live concert with a number of famous singers, namely; Mary Spiteri, Lawrence Gray, Thea Garrett, Mikaela, Wayne Micallef, Eleanor Cassar and Raquela. 

One can see the festival as an opening to the summer months activities as other activities take place all around the island during the summer months but most of them would not be held on such a grand scale. To organize such a massive event is not easy and Beland would not have been able to provide such a field with different artists were it not for the support they found from their sponsors. The event is free of charge but those in attendance are encouraged to give a small donation that will go directly to Puttinu cares as for another year, the event is being held in aid of Puttinu Care which works for such a noble case. So remember from the 12th of May to the 20th of May your entertainment spot should be in Zejtun at the Beland Music Festival. escflashmalta.com is proud to support this event in fact aiding in the production of the 'Malta Pop Show'. Stay tuned for more information.

Source: Facebook Official Page, The Beland Music Festival

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Some of us believe that Eurovision is the main stage of a singers’ success in his career. However, one must believe that where there’s a will there’s a way and although, Eurovision opens a lot of doors to young promising artists, it is not the only road to success. Opportunities, come our way in many different forms and we must have our eyes wide opened to catch them before they are lost. Wayne Micallef is one of those singers whose ambition is to have success with his music in whatever life leads him into and most importantly for people to enjoy his music.

Micallef is a well-known artist in the local music scene with many of his songs finishing in the top local charts. Some of the singles released by the artist in the past years are ‘Breaking Down’, ‘Slip Away’, ‘Save a Life’ and ‘The Parade’. He is also one of the popular singers/songwriters in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with some of the past records being ‘Save a Life’, ‘Everybody Sing’ and the last one being ‘Time’.

Following his performance in the final of this year’s festival, Wayne has teamed up with Brandon Mueller to release a music video for his self penned track ‘Time’. The two talented people has shot the video in Wisconsin in the Fox Valley, USA. One must say that the music video continues to complement the beauty of the song which was very well liked by the fans of the festival. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from the local music scene.

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